Red Wings trade Anthony Mantha to Capitals for Jakub Vrana, draft picks, more

Detroit Red Wings basic supervisor Steve Yzerman made a significant relocate to stir the restore.

He traded Anthony Mantha to the Washington Capitals in return for a first-round choice in 2021, a second-round choice in 2022 and forwards Jakub Vrana and Richard Panik.

Vrana is a previous first-round choice. He has 11 objectives and 14 helps in 39 video games. Panik has 3 objectives and 6 helps in 36 video games.

It was a vibrant relocation by Yzerman, trading a 6-foot-5, 234-pound forward who he signed to a four-year, $22.8 million agreement in the offseason. However Mantha, 26, performed this season as he has his whole NHL profession: Inconsistently. Offered his size and ability he need to be discovered frequently, however there were video games when his effort did not have.

Detroit Red Wings right wing Anthony Mantha (39) defends against Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan MacInnis (49) during first period action Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Detroit Red Wings extreme right Anthony Mantha (39) prevents Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan MacInnis (49) throughout very first duration action Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

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That didn’t sit well with Yzerman, who took the GM job 2 years back. Mantha understood it, too – to his credit, he has actually been frank in his evaluation of his own play, calling it unsatisfactory on numerous events. The Wings prepared him at 20th in 2013.

“We’re trying to add draft picks or prospects to expedite the rebuild that we’re under,” Yzerman stated. “This was an opportunity to acquire picks but still try to keep as competitive as possible. We feel like we get a replacement for the offense that we’re losing and a player at the position we’re losing in trading Anthony in acquiring Jakub.”

Capitals basic supervisor Brian MacLellan stated it was difficult parting with Vrana, however that the knowledgeable gamer had actually been annoyed about his ice time. He likewise stated Vrana’s status as a limited totally free representative with arbitration rights likewise contributed in the trade and they now have actually cost certainty with Mantha signed long-term.

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This post initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Anthony Mantha traded from Red Wings to Capitals in last-minute offer

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